Pastor Merritt’s Vacation
Remember that Pastor Merritt will be taking his vacation from July 26th through August 3rd. He will return to work on Tuesday, August 5th. Pastor Rick Phillips will provide emergency pastoral coverage in the interim—and he can be reached at 503-9733. Kim Floyd, our Lay Servant, will be preaching on Sunday, July 27th. Retired minister, the Rev. Sonny Anderson, will be preaching on August 3rd.

Pastor’s New Bible Study
Pastor Merritt will soon be back from vacation. He is planning a new bible study, beginning Wednesday, August 6th in the library at 6:45 PM. His class will be studying Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians. You are invited to come—and to bring a friend.

More on the Church wide Work Day
The United Methodist Men are sponsoring a church wide workday on Saturday, August 2nd from 9:00 AM until 2:00 PM, with help from our local Boy Scout troop. We will be completing some soffit and fascia repair, some tree trimming, and some yard and roof cleanup. There will be a job for everyone, of any age, size or gender. Come help as you are able, and bring your tools, ladders, scaffolding, power saws, and blowers. Let’s get our buildings and grounds ready for the fall season—many hands make light work.

Camp Meeting Sundays Throughout August
Once again, we will enjoy our Annual Camp Meeting month—beginning Sunday, August 3rd. We are encouraging everyone to dress up in any “period” clothing during Sundays throughout August.

Women’s Small Group Bible Study
Our women's "Small Group" Bible study is beginning a new series, and we have room for you! Ladies, come and try this unique, facilitator-lead format for digging into God's word. A study of 1 Peter, entitled "Hope in Hurtful Times", begins Monday July 14th., in Sunday school room #6 from 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM. For more information, contact Diana Williams or the church office.

RESTORE Needs Toiletries
RESTORE is still in need of all kinds of travel size shampoos, conditioners, soaps, mouthwash and other toiletries. If you have any of these items to donate, drop them off at the RESTORE barrels on Sunday, or bring them to the church office during the week.


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Bible Passage of the Week
All Belong Freely to God

All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither slave nor free; nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Now if you belong to Christ, then indeed you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to the promise.

I’m saying that as long as the heirs are minors, they are no different from slaves, though they really are the owners of everything. However, they are placed under trustees and guardians until the date set by the parents. In the same way, when we were minors, we were also enslaved by this world’s system. But when the fulfillment of the time came, God sent his Son, born through a woman, and born under the Law. This was so he could redeem those under the Law so that we could be adopted. Because you are sons and daughters, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba, Father!” Therefore, you are no longer a slave but a son or daughter, and if you are his child, then you are also an heir through God.

Galatians 3:27-4:7 (CEB)
Calendar of Events

Tuesday, July 15
Church Council.  Library, 7:00 PM

Saturday, July 26 – Monday, August 4
Pastor Merritt on Vacation

Sunday, July 27
Sunday Service.  Kim Floyd, Lay Speaker. Sanctuary, 10:00 AM

Saturday, August 2
UMM/Scouts Church Workday.  Church grounds, starting at 9:00 AM
RESTORE Yard Sale.  Church grounds, 8 AM-Noon

Sunday August 3
Camp Meeting Sunday. Rev. Sonny Anderson, Sermon. Sanctuary, 10:00 AM.

Wednesday, August 6
Pastor’s Bible Study.  Beginning a study of Paul’s Epistle to Philippians, Library, 6:45 PM.
Our Vision:
That we all may be one, so that the world may all be won.

Our Mission:
To know Christ, so that we can grow in Christ in order to show Christ to a world in need of Christ.

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Crafters Wanted

Riverview First United Methodist Church is seeking crafters to offer their goods for sale at our Harvest Festival, which will be held on Saturday, November 15th from 10 AM until 5 PM. The general public will be invited to purchase your wares, enjoy lunch from a variety of food trucks, and receive valuable information from community service vendors.

All types of craft work will be considered. Crafters must supply their own tents and tables. Craft spaces will be sized at 12” x 12”.

Proceeds from booth rentals will be used for United Methodist missions.

For a registration form and more information, go to this webpage.

Riverview United Methodist Church is located on the corner of U. S. Route 301 and Riverview Drive.